Vegetable Dum Biryani

Vegetable Dum Biryani 1

The vegetable dum biryani is an aromatic and flavorful rice-based dish made with layers of rice, veggies and flavored with spices. It is a restaurant-style biryani that follows a dum process to cook.

Vegetable Dum Biryani 1

Event-related to this post :

The April month challenge in the ‘Shhhhh Cooking Secretly Challenge’ group was ‘Pulao or Biryani’, suggested by Seema. Well, I was partnered with her too for this theme, she gave me 2 secret ingredients Bay leaf and Garam Masala, and I gave her the secret ingredients Tea Patta and Cardamom. And, as usual, using my two ingredients I have come up with this Vegetable Tehri for the theme contribution.

Vegetable Dum Biryani 1

Vegetable Dum Biryani

The vegetable dum biryani is an aromatic and flavorful rice based dish made with layers of rice, veggies and flavored with spices. It is a restaurant style biryani which follows dum process to cook.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian


For Rice:

  • 2 cup Basmati rice
  • 1 no. Bay Leaf
  • 4-5 no. Clove
  • 1 no. Green cardamom
  • 1 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 1 no. Mace (javitri)
  • Salt as needed
  • 1 tsp Oil
  • Mint leaf few

For Marination :

  • 1 cup Potato (cubes)
  • 1 cup Cauliflower (medium floret)
  • ½ cup Bean (1 inch long)
  • ½ cup Carrot (cube)
  • ½ cup Green pea
  • 2 no. Green chili
  • ¾ cup Yogurt
  • 2 tbsp Ginger garlic paste
  • 2 tbsp Biryani powder
  • 2 tsp Coriander powder
  • ¼ tsp Turmeric powder
  • Mint leaf (roughly chopped) small bunch
  • Coriander leaf (roughly chopped) small bunch
  • 2 tbsp Kasooori methi (dried fenugreek leaf)
  • 2 tbsp Fried onion (barista)
  • Salt as needed

Others –

  • 2 tbsp Cashew
  • 2 tbsp Raisin
  • 1 inch Cinnamon stick
  • 4 no. Clove
  • 1 no. Black cardamom
  • 1 no. Bay leaf
  • ½ tsp Black Cumin Seeds (Shahi Jeera)
  • Fried onion (barista) for sprinkling
  • Biryani powder for sprinkling
  • ½ tsp Saffron
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 2 tbsp Ghee


  • First soak saffron in 2 tbsp of milk and set aside.

Marination –

  • In a bowl, take ginger-garlic paste, coriander powder, turmeric powder, biryani powder, salt and mix well.
  • Then add potato cubes, cauliflower florets, green peas, beans, carrot cubes, green chilies, mint and coriander leaves, kasoori methi, yogurt.
  • Mix everything well, cover the bowl and allow to marinate.

Rice preparation –

  • Washed the rice with regular water and then soaked with enough water for 30-35 minutes.
  • Then boil water in a pot upto rolling boil and add cinnamon stick, bay leaf, cloves, green cardamom, mace (javitri), oil, salt, few mint leaves along with soaked rice.
  • Give a nice stir and allow to cook the rice till 80% done.
  • Strain and keep aside to cool.

Biryani Preparation –

  • In a heavy bottom pan, heat oil and fry the cashews, raisins until golden brown. Remove them onto a plate and keep aside.
  • Into the same pan, add black cumin seeds and allow to sizzle.
  • Add cinnamon stick, bay leaf, cloves, black cardamom.
  • Add marinated vegetables and mix thoroughly.
  • Cover the pan and cook until the veggies are 80-85% cooked. Do not overcook.
  • Turn off heat and take half of the veggie to a plate.
  • Now spread half of the cooked rice evenly over the rest veggie in the pan.
  • Sprinkle some biryani powder over the rice.
  • Layer rest of the veggie over the rice evenly and sprinkle fried onions on top.
  • Layer rest cooked rice over the veggies and sprinkle some more biryani powder.
  • Drizzle saffron milk over the rice along with ghee.
  • Put some more fried onions, fried cashews and raisins on top.
  • Cover the pan and place over a hot tawa or griddle.
  • Allow to cook for 25-30 minutes over low heat in dum process.
  • Turn off heat and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  • Then gently fluff the biryani and serve along with any raita of your choice !


  • Do not overcook the rice and the vegetables as they will be cooked again in the dum process. Else there will be a mesh at the end.
  • Choose the vegetables as per choice.
  • Adjust the spiciness (here main spicy factor is the biryani masala powder) as desired.
  • Check here how to make Barista aka fried onions (VIDEO included) at home.
Keyword Biryani, Dum style Cooking



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  1. Priya Vj

    5 stars
    Dum biryani – who can say no to this . India has such a variety of biryanis and the different ways of cooking it, but the Dum Biryani is everyone’s favorite. Loved the detail recipe of yours with the perfect way to put it on Dum to bring out the perfect flavors

  2. Vasusvegkitchen

    5 stars
    Vegetable dum biryani is my all time favorite biryani recipe. Loved your dum biryani, it looks super tempting with lovely presentation and perfect texture.

  3. Renu

    5 stars
    The vegetable dum biryani looks so well done. Each and every rice looks perfectly cooked, separate and it is so colorful.

  4. Mayuri Patel

    5 stars
    Who can refuse a hearty, aromatic and delicious plate of biryani? Love it. Your biryani preparation is super tempting. Haven’t made on in the long time. Will definitely plan this as a lazy Sunday lunch option.

  5. sizzlingtastebuds

    5 stars
    perfectly made in Dum method. Khila khila Biryani! and great clicks too!

  6. Radha

    5 stars
    Biriyani is all time favorite and this platter looks amazing! Yummy! Love the spices and flavors!

  7. Anu

    Vegetable dum biriyani looks so delectable. I love the props you used for the photography. Great recipe.

  8. Bachhav Poonam

    5 stars
    Cant take my eyes off this delightful colorful Dum Biryani! You have made it perfect restaurant style..

  9. Jayashree T.Rao

    5 stars
    Vegetable Dum Biryani looks flavoursome. It is one of the relished dishes at home. Lovely recipe for the weekend menu Sasmita.

  10. Sujata Roy

    5 stars
    Vegetable dum biryani looks absolutely delicious and flavorful. Marinated vegetables and all the aromatic spices wow I can imagine the scrumptious taste. Who can say no to this mouthwatering rice dish.

  11. Preethicuisine Preethicuisine

    5 stars
    Vegetable dum biryani is so flavourful and Delish. This is so irresistible Sasmita. You have presented it so beautifully. Making vegetable dum biryani at home sounds so easy now.

  12. Swati

    5 stars
    You Restaurant Style Dum Biryani looks so inviting. so perfectly done with khila khila rice texture. Loved the recipe with all the flavourful spices and marinated vegetables. So tempting.

  13. Seema

    5 stars
    ooo Dum biryani tastes heaven. My husband who usually doesnt have anything to do with biryani loved it!! now that is a good recipe for me.

  14. The Girl Next Door

    5 stars
    The biryani looks so beautiful, perfectly made with each grain of rice separate. I’m sure it must have tasted amazing.

    I love dum biryani, but have never tried making it at home the traditional way. With your detailed recipe, now I can. 😊 Thank you!

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